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#101 Posted by CaptainCody (1505 posts) -

Find me a game set in Rhode Island, let alone my town.

#102 Posted by iAmJohn (6114 posts) -

Welcome to how I feel every time a game is set in New York, my friend.

#103 Posted by Raven10 (1763 posts) -

I lived in Chicago for quite a while and there are occasionally games set there or at least partially there. Watch Dogs is set in Chicago and I recognized the area in the trailer. It isn't an exact recreation but I immediately knew where it was. Also in Need For Speed The Run the race in Chicago took place right where I went to school and down the highway I traveled on to get into the city every day. Again, it wasn't perfectly accurate but it was pretty close and I really appreciated how they got the lighting for the street lamps so damn close to how it actually looks. Those are the two games that I can think of off the top of my head that I recognized areas from where I lived. They also do occasional movies in Chicago, like The Dark Knight. I know exactly where they filmed many of those scenes. Suffice to say that games do get Chicago right to an extent. I've also been to New York City quite a few times in my life and the recreations vary from almost entirely fictional to at least somewhat accurate. A lot of times it feels like games are content to get Times Square right and then just build a random city around that. Again, never lived in New York City, just visited so I'm not super familiar but that has been my takeaway. I always thought it was interesting that the Batman films' Gotham seems to be a recreation of New York City but they never shoot it anywhere around New York. It was so weird to see classic Chicago landmarks and then be told the city was in the middle of a body of water. Suffice to say Chicago is next to Lake Michigan but it is far from surrounded by water. And I believe The Dark Knight Rises was shot in Toronto, which I have also traveled to regularly, and again, it is not a city surrounded by water.

#104 Posted by SockemJetpack (408 posts) -

I never had a game use my hometown but there was a movie that shot there. Cannibal Girls starring Eugene Levy and directed by Ivan Reitman(!) had all of its twon footage shot in Beaverton Ontario. It's strange to see Eugene Levy walking around my hometown; but what is even stranger is that the movie was shot in 1973 and the town still looks exactly the same.

#105 Posted by Dourin (232 posts) -

Unfortunately I have yet to find a game set in Kansas City, Missouri. We got a Jackson 5 song, at least...

#106 Posted by Halos_god (160 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: Oh, I see.

#107 Posted by Cheesebob (1235 posts) -

We have Muse in my hometown, but it would be a massssssssssive stretch for any game to be set there.

#108 Posted by Sparklykiss (1955 posts) -

Indianapolis isn't all that fascinating, unfortunately. Although I do get unnecessarily excited when any part of Indiana is in an episode of Supernatural.

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#109 Posted by _Zombie_ (1462 posts) -

I live in a small town with absolutely nothing to do. We're nowhere near interesting enough to get a game set here.

#110 Posted by DonutFever (3550 posts) -

I live near Toronto, that's probably the best I can do.

#111 Edited by CrossTheAtlantic (1145 posts) -

@Raven10: Actually, Gotham is pretty blatantly New York City in the new one. I was surprised they didn't try to edit out stuff like the Empire State building from some of the skylines. The Bronx appears to have been drowned in a flood, though. There's lots of Pittsburgh and Chicago in it too.

GTAIV is probably the best representation of NYC I've seen in a game. It's not 1:1 by any means, but it's such an incredible representation of the atmosphere and feel of the city down to different neighborhoods feeling just like the ones in the city. It's great.

#112 Posted by JerichoBlyth (1044 posts) -

I'd love it if a game in the near future was able to generate your hometown using google streetview and place random dungeons in obscure locations.

Maybe in the year 2020? lol

#113 Posted by PenguinDust (12483 posts) -

I grew up in New York City, so it's not a big deal, but if a game was set in the town I live now it might be weird. Of course, I doubt any game ever will be set here. Well, maybe one of those fishing games. I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida and people here like to fish. They still make fishing games, don't they?

#114 Posted by mrfizzy (1527 posts) -

@Capt_Ventris said:

Never had a game set in my hometown (Melbourne) but it often turns up as other cities in Hollywood films. Ghost Rider for instance, that was an odd one.

Especially in the scene when he dive's into the river off a bridge. The whole audience in the cinema collectively gasped at that because it does not matter if you are Satan's messenger you are not surviving a dip in the Yarra.

And yet we can't help but love it's murky brown waters.

#115 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3780 posts) -

@CaptainCody said:

Find me a game set in Rhode Island, let alone my town.

The... Family Guy Game? I assume...

How accurate is that rendition? Any violent Chicken-men?

#116 Posted by mosdef (177 posts) -

I'm from Compton and GTA San Andres pretty much nailed it. Walking the streets in game immediately brought back home.

#117 Posted by CaptainCody (1505 posts) -

@Wrighteous86 said:

@CaptainCody said:

Find me a game set in Rhode Island, let alone my town.

The... Family Guy Game? I assume...

How accurate is that rendition? Any violent Chicken-men?

That was the obvious answer. Occasionally there have been chicken men actually, so it's not too far off.

#118 Posted by blueaniman93 (604 posts) -

Yeah, same goes for GTA for me. Whenever something like that is done, it's always altered for gameplay reasons. Like you said, GTA was amazing because you've never been to NYC but Sleeping Dogs looks awesome because I've never been to Hong Kong. Also, I can't tell if the Cantonese is bad or not but I thought major Chinese actors were voice acting. Maybe they're frmo different parts of China but I can't really tell if its bad.

#119 Posted by Raven10 (1763 posts) -

@CrossTheAtlantic said:

@Raven10: Actually, Gotham is pretty blatantly New York City in the new one. I was surprised they didn't try to edit out stuff like the Empire State building from some of the skylines. The Bronx appears to have been drowned in a flood, though. There's lots of Pittsburgh and Chicago in it too.

GTAIV is probably the best representation of NYC I've seen in a game. It's not 1:1 by any means, but it's such an incredible representation of the atmosphere and feel of the city down to different neighborhoods feeling just like the ones in the city. It's great.

It wasn't shot in New York City. The skyline shots and top down shots were all CG. Most of the movie was shot in Canada. I think it was Toronto but it could have been Vancouver. I'd have to look it up.

#120 Posted by Kaiserhawk (62 posts) -

The time I can remember anything similar was sacking Inverness in Medieval II Total War.

#121 Posted by CrossTheAtlantic (1145 posts) -

@Raven10: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/06/batman-the-dark-knight-rises-films-nyc_n_1078572.html

They filmed in NYC. Trump Tower on 5th Avenue was Wayne Tower in this film. Weirdly, the fight scene is filmed in both NYC and Pittsburgh. I think maybe the charge was in New York and the actual brawl in Pittsburgh? Odd. The skyline was definitely not CG, though. There's no way they'd spend all the time, money, and resources to film the exact same skyline and then leave in the Empire State Building or the Bank of America building. Batman Begins, though, was full with skyline CG, and it looks noticeably different.

Wikipedia points out that it was also filmed in Newark, LA, London and Glasgow.

#122 Posted by billyhoush (1192 posts) -

Yeah. I remember feeling weirded out when I played Super Mario Bros.

#123 Posted by applet0n (652 posts) -
@themangalist Yeah, same here. I'm still living in HK at the moment, so it's a little jarring. That being said, I will admit that the game's attention to detail on other things (such as the green minibuses and the purple bins everywhere) is pretty impressive.

I'll probably end up picking it up day one over at 188 or something. To satisfy my curiosity if nothing else.
#124 Posted by spartanlolz92 (511 posts) -

gta 5 set in los angeles weird as hell seeing some of the landmarks in the trailer and going I know where that is.

#125 Posted by AndrewBeardsley (371 posts) -

No one will ever make a game set in Calgary, Alberta.....

#126 Posted by Slag (4225 posts) -

I've often wondered what Londoners thought of the Getaway

#127 Posted by blueinferno (447 posts) -

I've never lived in Vancouver, but I was born in BC. It was kind of cool to see future Vancouver in Mass Effect 3.

#128 Edited by NTM (7321 posts) -

None in my town I think, but plenty of things are set in my state, most notable from games is Alan Wake. As much as I love the atmosphere in Alan Wake, I don't know many places that are similar to the setting of Alan Wake here. To me, that seems more like Alaska or something, but whatever.

#129 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Pffft, I'm lucky if I see a character from my country, and If i do he ends up being a maniac who committed genocide. So it's the bad kind of lucky. Imma go drink some booze now.

#130 Posted by DFSVegas (353 posts) -

@SAC said:

I wa hyped as hell for Fallout: New Vegas because (you guessed it) I grew up there. Just seeing what Fallout 3 did with the DC surrounding (visitng familiar locations) was one of my favorite parts of that game so I could not wait to do that to my stomping grounds.

This... The scale is obviously all off, but Primm, Jean, and the Hoover Dam are all where they pretty much should be, and the freeways at least looks accurate on the map.

It's a little different, since New Vegas is modeled after 50's Vegas, and not my 90's Vegas, but it's still really weird.

#131 Posted by 49th (2722 posts) -

Don't think I've ever really played a game set in London. Which is surprising because there should probably be more.

#132 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

@49th:

Xbox 360 Europe

I was actually surprised at how good it was, really like this game.

#133 Posted by dungbootle (2457 posts) -

Austin could happen.

#134 Edited by deerokus (539 posts) -

The only games I've ever seen to have anything set in Glasgow (in Scotland) are train simulators, so eh... Railworks' rendition of Central Station is pretty good.

The closest to this feeling I've had was watching the Jet Li/Morgan Freeman movie Unleashed (aka Danny the Dog). The entirety of the exterior shoot was filmed here and it is full of familiar areas to me but - apart from one throwaway line by Morgan Freeman mentioning the name of the city - could have been set just about anywhere for as much relevance the location has to anything. Directed by a Frenchman, starring an American, an Englishman and a Chinese bloke, and even the cashier in the local shops has a cockney accent. There's not even a single accent from the same country never mind the local area. Truly baffling, and very jarring to see your city represented like that,

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0342258/

#135 Posted by gakon (1952 posts) -

Parks and Recreation is just about the only media thing I've ever seen make reference to Muncie, Indiana.

My hometown of Fishers, Indiana had the lowest crime rate in the entire United States in 2011, so I'm not sure what kind of game you could set there, other than, like, The Sims. But to my knowledge nobody in Fishers found themselves trapped in their own homes after all the doors and windows were supernaturally removed.

#136 Posted by Flacracker (1643 posts) -

@TheDudeOfGaming said:

@49th:

Xbox 360 Europe

I was actually surprised at how good it was, really like this game.

That game is fucking amazing... on PC at least. Too bad their newest game looks like it might be consolized trash.

#137 Posted by leafhouse (133 posts) -

Driver: San Francisco, baby!

#138 Edited by Hizang (8533 posts) -

Part of a Harry Potter movie was shot less than 5 minutes away from my house..

#139 Posted by GERALTITUDE (3195 posts) -

@Tonyyj: Those fuckers are in Edmonton too!

#140 Posted by Slab64 (1054 posts) -

@Wrighteous86 said:

@Little_Socrates said:

Being from the suburbs, I can't have that experience. But I do empathize.

Also, more things should be set in Chicago.

Yeah, but Watch Dogs, at least in that preview, seemed to nail the look and feel of Chicago.

Plenty of stuff I can think of thats in Chicago, but the main one that leaps to mind is Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City. Oh, and Midtown Madness.